Portable SCA Waveform Development with Spectra DTP4700 Live SDR Webcast

Date: 20th August 2015
Location: Online

Why Attend:

  • Learn about Software Communications Architecture (SCA) waveform development using an Integrated Development Environment that addresses both the hardware and software aspects and why it is important,
  • Review the latest Joint Tactical Networking Center’s (JTNC) standard radio APIs and understand why having a standard Application Program Interface (API) to radio hardware is essential to enabling implementation of a portable waveform,
  • Discover how PrismTech’s new Spectra DTP4700 SDR platform, together with development tools, provides the integrated Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform for SCA waveform development.

Abstract:

This webcast will focus on SCA-compliant application development environments and detail the latest major upgrade to PrismTech’s Spectra family of advanced, SCA-compliant SDR development and test environment. Central to the environment is the Spectra DTP4700 radio. The Spectra DTP4700 is a Linux-based, small form-factor platform with low power consumption which is ideally suited to the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) constraints of the next generation of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) SDR environments. The Spectra DTP4700 comes complete with the SCA 2.2.2 compliant Spectra Core Framework and CORBA compliant Spectra ORB middleware.

Also, the newly released Radio Devices and Services package for the Spectra DTP4700 provides the JTNC standard set of APIs to the Spectra DTP4700 radio devices and services ensuring greater portability of waveforms to target radio systems. Standard interfaces now supported include Audio Port Device, Ethernet Device, Serial Port Device, GPS Device, Frequency Reference Device, Timing Service, and Vocoder Service.

Spectra DTP4700 is fully supported by PrismTech’s market leading Spectra CX tool for SCA component modeling, code generation and compliance validation. Spectra CX code generation eliminates the tedious and error prone process of writing code for all of the standard SCA interfaces.

In addition to the original FM waveform example provided with the system, the Spectra DTP4700 now includes a new SCA compliant data carrying waveform example, including source code and waveform model that used conjunction with the Spectra CX SCA modeling tool.

The webcast will last approximately one hour.

Webcast Presenter:

Dr. Vince Kovarik is Spectra CTO at PrismTech. Vince is a highly respected figure within the global Software Defined Radio (SDR) community and has been involved in ground-breaking SDR and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) technology development since it’s initial inception in the 1990’s. Vince is co-author of the book “Software Defined Radio: The Software Communications Architecture” which provides applications programmers, designers, professional researchers, wireless manufacturers and operators with an indispensable guide to the SCA. Vince is also a contributing author on “Cognitive Research: Representation and Learning” in the book Cognitive Radio Technology. Vince has also presented numerous papers at technology leadership conferences on SDR related subjects.

Spectra SDR Newsletter – April 2014

Product News

Announcing Spectra SDR Support for Spectrum Signal Processing’s SDR-4000

PrismTech is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of its Spectra SDR product suite for use with Spectrum Signal Processing’s SDR-4000 radio hardware platform. The Spectra product suite will be available for both existing and new SDR-4000 users allowing them to take advantage of PrismTech’s high performance, low overhead, Software Communications Architecture (SCA) 2.2.2 implementation. The release will provide a fully integrated package of COTS tools (Spectra CX), middleware (Spectra ORB for GPP and DSP, Spectra ICO for FPGA), core framework (Spectra CF) and basic SCA radio platform (services and devices).

Latest Releases of Spectra ORB Middleware and Spectra CX Tools

PrismTech has released the latest versions of its market leading Spectra ORB middleware and Spectra CX tools:

  • Spectra ORB v2.0.2, the first compliant implementation of the SCA 4.0 Full and Lightweight CORBA Profiles
  • Spectra CX v3.5.4, a model-driven development tool that simplifies, accelerates, and validates a significant proportion of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) development process.

The latest Spectra SDR products are available for evaluation at http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/software-downloads.

Benefit from the Spectra Quick Start SCA Development and Test Package

Spectra Quick Start packages the Spectra DTP4700 (the most complete, fully integrated, COTS SCA development and Test platform on the market) and Spectra CX with a reference waveform to provide an out-of-the-box SCA application development environment.

Information about Spectra Quick Start is available through an introductory YouTube video presentation at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/resources/youtube-videos-slideshare/spectra-quick-start-software-communications-architecture.


News Announcements

PrismTech Appoints Soft Service as New Japanese Distributor

Soft Service JapanPrismTech has appointed Soft Service as its new Japanese Distributor and value added reseller. Founded in 1986 Soft Service has extensive expertise in distributed middleware technologies and real-time operating systems and will distribute / support Spectra SDR products within Japan. For further information please read the press release available in the news section.

Wireless Innovation Forum and PrismTech Announce New SDR Training Series – EMEA

Wireless Innovation Forum logoPrismTech is pleased to be partnering with the Wireless Innovation Forum to deliver an online SDR / SCA training course. The course titled “SDR / SCA Development for Software Engineers” will be delivered by PrismTech’s Senior SDR Training instructor. The European course will commence the week of 19th May. The 3 week, 12 session course will introduce attendees to SDR / SCA and CORBA middleware and then progress to advanced SDR / SCA programming focused on developing SCA applications and platform services.

The training course will be delivered online using the latest cloud based teaching techniques allowing attendees to benefit from the expertise of leading SDR / SCA experts without leaving their desk.

Course fees, detailed course times, the course agenda and registration form can be found at http://groups.winnforum.org/ts-sca-development-europe.

Latest Presentations from PrismTech CTO and leading SDR Expert, Dr. Vince Kovarik

Vince Kovarik PrismTech Spectra CTOPrismTech’s CTO, and leading SDR expert, Dr. Vince Kovarik continues to deliver pioneering and innovative SDR research. Two presentations summarizing some of his recent work are now available to view from PrismTech’s slideshare site at www.slideshare.net/PrismTech1.

The first presentation, Integrated Communications Systems Modeling: A model-Based Engineering Approach, describes the current work being performed on the Wireless Innovation Forum’s Integrated Communications Systems Model (ICSM) project, chaired by Vince Kovarik.

The second presentation, Reflective Language for Communication Systems, presents independent research in the area of hybrid programming languages incorporating traditional object-oriented capabilities integrated with knowledge representation and reasoning enabling the ability for a communications system to introspect its physical and logical structure. The long-term vision of this work is to provide the ability to represent relationships and events as first-class objects in the system thereby providing context and heuristic capabilities.

PrismTech Announces Support Plans for Spectrum Signal Processing’s SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 Platforms

Boston, MA, USA – October 22, 2013 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software defined radio (SDR) solutions, today revealed plans to release its market-leading Spectra™ SDR product suite (Software Communications Architecture (SCA) core framework, middleware and tools) on Spectrum Signal Processing’s (Spectrum) SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 platforms.

Responding to customer demand from users of the Spectrum SDR-4000, PrismTech will provide Spectra support on the Spectrum SDR-4000 in the 4th Quarter 2013.  The Spectra product suite will be available for both existing and new Spectrum SDR-4000 users allowing them to take advantage of PrismTech’s high performance, low-overhead, SCA v2.2.2 implementation.

Today PrismTech is also announcing Spectra support for the new Spectrum SDR-7000 platform is planned for early 2014.  Thus the two Spectrum platforms will benefit from a common software stack supplied, supported and with future enhancements from PrismTech; the global leader in COTS SCA software.

PrismTech’s Spectra product suite is a fully-integrated package of COTS tools, middleware, core framework, and radio platform services and devices.  It provides a state-of-the-art SCA development and deployment environment supporting General Purpose Processor (GPP), Digital Signal Processor (DSP) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) processing elements.

Spectra will provide an integrated and fully supported solution for Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 SCA waveform developers backed by the expertise and resources of the leading SCA COTS software vendor:

  • Spectra CX – a model-driven development tool that simplifies, accelerates, and validates a significant proportion of the SCA development and deployment process will now offer a SCA build configuration for Spectrum SDR-4000 or SDR-7000
  • Spectra Core Framework (CF) – a high-performance, ultra-low footprint, COTS implementation of the SCA v2.2.2 standard’s Framework Control and Service Interfaces is now available for Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000
  • Spectra Common Data Bus (CDB) – a fully integrated and optimized SDR middleware stack.  Spectra CDB runs across a wide range of GPP, DSP and FPGA processing elements and now provides comprehensive support for the Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 processor sets
  • Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 platform services and device components

In addition, Spectrum SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 users will benefit from the on-going product investment and global customer support coverage of PrismTech’s Spectra product family.

“PrismTech is very excited to extend the availability of the Spectra development tools and run-time environment to the very capable SDR-4000 and SDR-7000 radio systems from Spectrum.  Spectra is the most widely-used COTS SCA software today and is recognized for its capabilities, performance, enhanced productivity, robustness and standards conformance.  Bringing Spectra to the Spectrum community has been a strategic objective for some time and is now a reality,” commented Vince Kovarik, Ph.D, CTO, PrismTech.

Further information about PrismTech’s Spectra product suite is available from http://www.prismtech.com/spectra.

PrismTech Announces Availability of Spectra CX and MathWorks Simulink Integration Demoware

Rapid Waveform Development with Spectra CX and MathWorks Simulink Integration

Boston, MA, USA – May 7, 2013 – PrismTech, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, is pleased to announce the availability of Spectra CX and Simulink Integration demoware.

Reducing the time and cost of designing, implementing, testing and deploying Software Communications Architecture’s (SCA) waveforms is an increasing concern for Software Defined Radios (SDR) developers.  PrismTech has created a Spectra CX and MathWorks Simulink integration, an automated process for building SCA waveforms; the first integrated development environment that addresses both the algorithmic and non-algorithmic aspects of a SCA waveform.

The PrismTech Spectra CX and MathWorks Simulink Integration demoware is available from: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/resources/youtube-videos-slideshare/rapid-waveform-development-spectra-cx-and-simulink

Benefits include:

  • Reducing the opportunity for human error during transition from a Simulink model to production code, as the transition for Simulink to SCA architecture and code is automated;
  • By leveraging the code generation capabilities of Simulink and Spectra CX new SCA waveforms can be rapidly designed, developed, tested and deployed with minimal coding effort.

For further information about the availability of the integration, please email us (info@prismtech.com) or contact us at +44 (0)191-4979850.

A Slideshare presentation detailing a Model Driven Tool Integration Process for Rapid Software Defined Radio Development is also available to view at: http://www.prismtech.com/spectra/resources/youtube-videos-slideshare/model-driven-tool-integration-process-rapid-software-def

PrismTech Adds its Product Line Management Option to Spectra Quick-Start

PrismTech Adds its ‘Product Line Management’ Option to the Spectra Quick-Start SDR Development and Test System – at No Additional Cost

SDR-WInnComm Conference, Washington, DC, USA – January 8, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it has added its Product Line Management (PLM) option to its Spectra™ Quick-Start Software Defined Radio (SDR) Development and Test System – at no additional cost.

The Spectra DTP4700 platform and Spectra CX development tool are award-winning and market-leading SDR development products in their own right.  The Spectra Quick-Start bundle combines these products with two test applications (FM analog and digital waveforms) – and now the PLM option – to provide an unrivalled SDR laboratory system at an affordable entry-level price.

Spectra Quick-Start is ideal for:

  • Application and platform development/test teams in radio OEMS and their end customers
  • Advanced wireless communications laboratories (government and defense) conducting R&D in fields such as: cognitive radio, electronic warfare, and secure SDR waveforms
  • Internal research and development (IR&D) and collaborative research projects
  • Academic teaching and laboratory use
  • Independent application and platform developers creating software IP for specific SDR programs (e.g. national waveform development, maintenance and evolution) or for the generic SDR market.

Buyers of Spectra Quick-Start now benefit from the addition of PLM to the package.  PLM significantly reduces the time and cost of managing variations in SDR product family design.  PLM allows a development team to efficiently maintain different configurations of common components for different target platforms.  PLM automates this previously manual, complex and labor-intensive task.

“Spectra Quick-Start is an affordable COTS system with unrivalled SDR development and test capability,” said Toby McClean, Spectra CX Product Manager.  “The addition of PLM to the package provides yet another compelling reason for SDR developers to select Quick-Start as their application-neutral and target-neutral SDR lab environment.”

Further information about PrismTech’s Spectra Quick-Start Package is available from PrismTech’s website at http://www.prismtech.com/spectra

PrismTech Launches Spectra CX Product Line Management

Reduces the Time and Costs of Managing Variations in Software Defined Radio / Software Communications Architecture Product Family Design
Boston, MA, USA – November 28, 2012 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the launch of Spectra CX™ Product Line Management to reduce the time and costs of managing variations in Software Defined Radio (SDR) / Software Communications Architecture (SCA) product family design.Radio architects and developers very often need to produce variants of their SDR / SCA applications and platforms to support different configurations of their radio set.  Traditionally this has been a very time consuming and costly process as they needed to create and maintain multiple models for every possible product variant.

Part of PrismTech’s market leading Spectra SDR product suite, the newly launched Spectra CX Product Line Management option has been specifically designed to address this by supporting the modeling needs of entire radio families using just a single model.

“The Product Line Management feature adds new modeling elements, Variation Points, to Spectra CX.  Product line architects and developers can use variation points to identify the product variations for the components instances, ports, and properties of their application or platform.  This enables them to use a single model for the entire product line,” said Toby McClean, Spectra CX Product Manager, PrismTech.

PrismTech will introduce and demonstrate Spectra CX Product Line Management in a webcast to be held on November 29 2012.  To register for the webcast please visit: http://www.prismtech.com/webcast-signup.

Spectra CX Product Line Management is available now as an optional feature of Spectra CX.  Pricing for Spectra CX Product Line Management is available upon request.  Please contact your PrismTech representative or make an enquiry via http://www.prismtech.com for details.

PrismTech and Space Coast Communication Systems Partner to Offer a Multi-Channel Platform for Development and Test of SCA Waveforms

73rd Wireless Innovation Forum Working Meeting, Melbourne, FL, USA — November 01, 2012 — PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, and Space Coast Communication Systems, a leader in Software Defined Radio-based RF Test Equipment, today announced a technology partnership to offer Spectra™ on the SCA Open Architecture Radio (SOAR).

The SOAR product builds off the same multi-channel software radio infrastructure that Space Coast uses in the highly successful line of eXplorer Satellite Simulators.  In its current offering SOAR is available in 2, 4 or 8 channel configurations.

“Traditional SDR architecture is stuck in this single board, single channel, single user mentality.  It’s funny how little things have changed developmentally in SDR architecture since the time we worked with 20 MHz processors on 8 Mbytes of RAM,” observes John D. Bard, President-CEO of Space Coast Communication Systems, Inc. of Melbourne, FL.  “The holy grail of portable software eludes us because developers are hastened to work in development environments that are as identical as possible to fielded hardware.  This is the most difficult environment to work in – artificially constraining developers to having to work with customized Operating Environments (OE) spanning multiple disparate compute elements – FPGA, DSP, and GPP.  Inevitably OE’s and Application Software are in simultaneous development – just another de-stabilizing effect that undermines the true power of SDR.”

PrismTech is a leading provider of Software Defined Radio (SDR) and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) solutions.  The Spectra product suite for radio system developers and integrators provides Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) development tools and software infrastructure including the Spectra CX – model-driven development tool, Spectra CF – a high performance, ultra low footprint, SCA Core Framework, and Spectra CDB – a fully integrated and optimized SDR middleware stack.

“The combination of PrismTech’s Spectra SDR products, the CX development tool, ORB middleware and Core Framework, together with the SOAR radio system provides a robust and powerful development environment for SDR systems,” said Vince Kovarik, PhD, Spectra CTO, PrismTech.  “As noted by John, Spectra on SOAR enables the developer to focus on the waveform using a comprehensive, stable and integrated development environment, instead of taking valuable development time to integrate drivers, extensions and other software on target hardware.  Simply put, the combination of PrismTech’s industry leading tools and middleware with Space Coast’s SOAR platform offers radio development labs the most complete COTS multi-channel, multi-developer, environment for waveform development and porting.”

The “Spectra on SOAR” option is now available from Space Coast.